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Iddo deVries

Clinical Director

Iddo has been practicing speech therapy for over 10 years and has been studying the field for over 12.  He has worked in multiple settings including schools, homes, adult care facilities, and most recently in a multi-disciplinary clinical setting where he provided direct therapy, assessments, supervision, management, and training to staff and families.

In 2014, Iddo opened DV Therapy to provide dynamic therapy that focuses on the individual and their family. With a strong emphasis in family training, Iddo strives to give the child and the family the tools to reach independence and improve quality of life. Iddo has a strong clinical presence and is always working encourage his patients to reach beyond what they imagined possible.

In 2011 Iddo was awarded the outstanding achievement award in the field of speech therapy by the New York City Dept. of Education and has been an active member of the nationally accredited speech board ASHA since 2006. With a focus on individuals with Autism, Iddo has had significant success in developing the necessary communication skills with socially difficult individuals.

Iddo has had success in treating individuals from birth-21 with disabilities and delays including, Autism, Late-talkers, PDD, specific language impairments, Articulation and Phonological disorders, Auditory Processing Delays, Stuttering, Pragmatic and social delays, Verbal Apraxia of Speech.

Skills: Prompt therapy, Beckman Oral Motor, TLC Literacy Program, Sounds in Motion, Fluency Shaping Technique, PECS, Certified PEERS Social Skills Provider.

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Etta Astrin

Vice President of Operations

Etta received her bachelors degree at CUNY Brooklyn in the field of Psychology. Following her desire to help others, Etta studied Clinical Social Work and received her masters degree at Hunter College. While living in New York, Etta provided critical social and emotional support for at risk youth and to systematically build schools that are safe, successful, and conducive to learning through Partnership with Children. After leaving New York, Etta and her family moved to California. She found a career through Open Paths Counseling Center before ultimately becoming Vice President of Operations at DV Therapy.


Jennifer Soto

BCBA Regional Clinical Director

Jennifer has been working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2011.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Fresno State and a Master of Arts in Education from Fresno Pacific University.  Jennifer has experience providing early intervention services with children beginning at age 18 months and comprehensive and focused based services for children and teens.  Jennifer also has experience in teaching, school counseling, supervising in-home and clinic-based services, facilitating social skills group and parent training.  She enjoys teaching her staff and supporting them in their growth in the field of ABA.


Rachele Villarreal

Lead SLP

Rachele Villarreal has been an ASHA certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist since the Fall of 2014. She received her M.A. in Communicative Disorders with an emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology, from California State University of Fresno. Rachele is currently the Lead SLP and Clinical Manager for DV Therapy, Inc.’s Bakersfield office. Rachele has worked with early intervention, school-aged, and young adults with various communication needs; clients’ ages ranged from 18-months to 21 years of age over the last 10+ years. Her client’s diagnosis include, but are not limited to the following: expressive and receptive language delay, articulation deficits, phonological impairments, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, TBI, stroke, Down Syndrome, Autism, Intellectual Developmental Disability, Cerebral Palsy, Noonan’s Syndrome, sensory integration disorder, and emotional disturbance. Rachele has received AAC Certification through Fresno Diagnostic Center, has implemented AAC training and services to surrounding Bakersfield school districts, is PROMPT trained, and DTTC trained. She was recently added onto the website, where she is listed as an SLP in their directory as someone who has shown an understanding and experience in assessing and treating children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech. In addition, Rachele enjoys providing supervision and guidance to graduate students, Speech-Language Pathology Assistants, Speech Pathologists in their Clinical Fellowship year, and licensed and ASHA Certified Speech-Language Pathologists.

In her free time, Rachele enjoys raising her sons (ages 5 and 3) with her husband, and their two dogs.


Sharan Sangha


Sharan was born and raised in California. She is bilingual in both English and Punjabi. She graduated from California State University, Fresno with a Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Disorders and a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology.

Sharan has recently worked in a rehabilitation hospital and acute care setting. She is passionate about her job and is looking forward to continuing to grow professionally to provide the best care to her clients and families.

During her free time, she enjoys family time, traveling, and being a dog mom to a 7-year-old lab/pitbull mix.


Yadira Anguiano


Yadira is a licensed Speech-language Pathology Assistant and received her B.A in Communication Disorders and Sciences from California State University of Northridge.  Yadira has always had a passion for working with children and has experience working as a Behavior interventionist with children and young adults. Yadira grew up with a large family in the San Fernando Valley and is bilingual in both English and Spanish. Besides spending time with Family, Yadira loves to spoil her dog, bake, and watch Disney movies.


Karan Brown


Karan has enjoyed being a COTA/L for over 45 years. She feels blessed to have worked in Acute, Sub Acute, Skilled, Outpatient and Home settings. And now she loves her “fun job” at DV therapy. Working with your kids in a playful – relaxed setting, helping your child find joy in their journey to functional independence and self confidence.  Karan  works to honor your family and culture with years of experience in modifying treatment techniques to meet your child’s needs.

Karan also has speciality training in Neurological, Orthopedic, Respiratory, Dementia and Psychological OT treatment. Her treatments are not limited to children but warns adults that she sees laughter and joy as an important part of any treatment.

Nathalia Zamora


Nathalia is a licensed speech language pathology assistant. She graduated and obtained her SLPA license from Fresno State in 2021. She has a background in ABA therapy. Prior to working at DV therapy Nathalia worked at Fresno unified school district with children ranging from severely medically fragile to General Ed. Nathalia enjoys learning about AAC devices. She is a mother to a wonderful 2 year old boy.

During her free time she enjoys spending as much time as she can with her son. She loves taking walks with her son and taking him swimming. She loves kickboxing, yoga, and hiking.

Heidi Hager


Heidi was born and raised in Bakersfield, California. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Disorders and Sciences from California State University, Northridge. With a passion for working with children, she then earned her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from New York University in 2023. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, baking, completing puzzles, and spending time with family.

Margarita Makarenko


Margarita graduated from the University of Texas in Dallas with her Bachelor’s of Science in Neuroscience in 2019, with a research concentration in the neural networks behind the concurrent development and interaction of language and mathematics skills in school-aged children. After graduation, Margarita accepted a job offer at UT Southwestern Medical Center in the Department of Molecular Genetics, working alongside two Nobel Laureates, studying the
biochemistry of cholesterol metabolism. It was during this time that Margarita decided to return to school in order to pursue a degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She went on to earn her Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2022. During her time in graduate school, Margarita developed an interest in working with the
young and the young at heart, seeing patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Mixed Expressive/Receptive Communication Disorders, Motor and/or Sensory Feeding Difficulties, and Neurogenic Communication Disorders, just to name a few. Margarita is passionate about helping clients achieve their goals and reach their full potential so they can attain the highest quality of
life possible.

In her free time, Margarita enjoys spending time with her husband and her family, ice skating, exploring new places, and volunteering her time in the community. Margarita is looking forward to working with clients of all ages, as well as their families, in order to go above and beyond in addressing their individual concerns.


Kristine Nichols


Kristine is a licensed speech and language pathologist. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelors of Science in Speech Pathology in 2003. She went on to get her Masters of Arts from California State University, Fresno in Speech Pathology and graduated in 2006. She has been a practicing speech pathologist since that time. She currently holds a California State License and is nationally accredited by ASHA.

Kristine has worked with ages ranging from preschool to geriatrics. Her work settings have varied from schools, rehabilitation hospitals (short and long term) and acute hospital settings. She has worked with a variety of speech and language related disorders, including articulation, phonology, apraxia of speech (children and adults), language, pragmatics, fluency, aphasia, dysarthria, dysphagia and cognitive impairments. She has also mentored new speech pathologists for their Clinical Fellowship Year helping them build upon assessment skills and implement therapy programs.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her friends/family, baking and decorating cakes and traveling.


Gisselle Celis

ABA Program Manager

Gisselle, a 2020 graduate from California State University, Bakersfield, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and completed her ABA Master’s Program. She is proficient in both English and Spanish. Gisselle has gained valuable experience working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ranging from ages 4 to 15. Her professional background includes roles in public school settings and private ABA agencies, reflecting her commitment to making a positive impact through evidence-based behavioral interventions.


Jesse Gonzalez

ABA Program Manager

Jesse was born in Bakersfield, California. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from California State University of Bakersfield. He also attended National University and obtained his Master of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2020. Jesse has experience working with people ranging in age from 24 months to 26 years old who have a variety of diagnoses and communication challenges. On his free time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to the movies or the


Madison Barnes

ABA Program Manager

Madison joined the field of Applied Behavior Analysis in 2019. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from Sonoma State University in 2018 and her Master of Arts in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University in 2022. Madison began as a behavior technician and fell in love with the field. She was inspired by her clinical team and hopes to do the same in her future with DV Therapy.


Julia Lopez

ABA Program Manager

Julia began her ABA career in 2012 when she completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. She began working as a behavior technician with children aged 2-10 across the Central Valley, CA. She went on to attain her Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling in 2015, and was soon promoted to a Behavior Specialist thereafter. Julia continues to work with children and young adults as a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA), focusing on both comprehensive and focused based services across both in-home and clinic-based settings. She also enjoys working directly with parents and caregivers by teaching them the empirically based behavioral intervention strategies and management skills needed to be successful. On her free time, she can be found gardening her succulents, searching for rocks, and spending time with family.

Dv therapy is amazing. Staff is wonderful and so helpful. My little has been going for 2 years and has shown so much progress. Thank you to the wonderful ladies working with him.
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Reanna S.
2 months ago
We LOVE DV Therapy Palmdale! My son has Autism and gets Speech. He was getting Occupational Therapy services and has since graduated with the help of Ms.Alyah! Ever since he started there has been a HUGE improvement in his speech and fine motor skills. My child loves going to his therapies here and gets excited when he sees his therapists! It’s such a nice feeling knowing he likes the people there and wants to go back week after week. The staff here are very professional and you can see that they really care about your child. Ms.Amber is great and really takes in mind what my child interests are and turns it into speech opportunities! We are so grateful for all the amazing support from DV Therapy Palmdale!
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Nicholas V.
2 months ago
My kiddo started here when she was a little over two years old. Bronti and Hava have helped her developed her speech in just a matter of months and my daughter continues to expand her vocaulary daily.
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